Orthopedic Injuries & Procedures for Neck & Back

Your neck & back comprise 33 bones called vertebrae, along with discs in between, which together protect your spinal cord, enabling you to stand and bend. The spinal column has five sections with a certain number of vertebrae in each.

These sections include:

  • Cervical spine (neck) with seven vertebrae
  • Thoracic spine (upper back) with 12 vertebrae attached to the ribs and sternum (breast bone). This is the most stable part of your back.
  • Lumbar spine (lower back) with five vertebrae. This section of your back carries the most weight and allows for the most motion, making it the most prone to problems.
  • Sacral region (bottom of the spine) with five vertebrae fused together at the base of the spine; they help make up your pelvis.
  • Coccygeal region (tailbone) with four small bones at the bottom of your spinal column.

Neck & back pain is one of the most common reasons people see an orthopedic surgeon like Dr. Peter Dipaolo.

Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion (TLIF)

A transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (TLIF) is performed to remove a portion of a disc that is the source of back or leg pain and fuse the spine. A bone graft is used to fuse the spinal vertebrae after the disc is removed.

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Herniated Cervical Disc

A cervical disc herniation, or cervical radiculopathy, occurs when a small portion of a disc ruptures and causes pressure on spinal nerves in the neck. Small herniations are sometimes called bulges or protrusions, and people experiencing pain from the herniation often describe it as a pinched nerve. Click to read more

Herniated Lumbar Disc

A lumbar disc herniation, or lumbar radiculopathy, occurs when a small portion of a disc in your lower back ruptures, causing pressure on your spinal nerves. 

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Your sciatic nerve begins from several nerves in the lower lumbar vertebrae and the sacrum at the bottom of the spine. Sciatic nerve irritation can result from compression of the sciatic nerve roots or from inflammation.
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